Ossip; Galerie Ramakers, The Hague

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Presently Ossip has an exhibition at Galerie Ramakers.

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On a late winter afternoon i popped in at the gallery to have a look and make a few pictures.

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Ossips works always remind me of nkisi objects from the Congo Basin.

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These objects are usually statues or statuettes representing spirits which contain power and whose power can be influenced by nailing pieces of metal or wood into them.

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In that way the course of life is meant to be influenced, usually in a more positive way.

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It seems Ossip is doing something like that by re-personalising old photographs and reproductions.

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One can only hope it will influence life to make it less painful,

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or maybe Ossip’s works illustrate the pain of the absurd.

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© Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all pictures courtesy to Ossip and Galerie Ramakers

 

Bertus Pieters

Nour-Eddine Jarram, Push The Button; Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague

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I visited Maurtis van de Laar’s gallery to write a review about Nour-Eddine Jarram’s solo show Push The Button for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

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As i have written extensively about the exhibition on VLR i leave you here with a few details of the works on show.

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Best of course is to visit the show as it is always better to see the real thing.

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© Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all pictures courtesy to Nour-Eddine Jarram and Galerie Maurits van de Laar

 

Bertus Pieters

Façades of The Hague #27

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Façades of two houses, Laan van Meerdervoort, with identical gables, although the one at the right-hand side lost its white topping.

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Built in 1891 in the usual eclectic style of the day.

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© Villa Next Door 2017

All pictures were taken in March 2016.

 

Bertus Pieters

2016 days of awesome photo books and Vincent van Baar “My name in 100 colophons”; LhGWR, The Hague

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LhGWR has invited six people to show their favourite photo books. Two of them had yet to be installed when i visited. At that moment Flip Bool, Paul Kooijker, Peter van Beveren and Christian Caujolle showed their treasures.

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They are all art professionals with a great love for photography and books. The combination can make you even happier.

Bart Sorgedrager, De kabelfabriek van Amsterdam-Noord 1910 – 2016 (The cable factory of Amsterdam-North 1910 – 2016) (Piet Gerards design)  Collection Flip Bool

Bart Sorgedrager, De kabelfabriek van Amsterdam-Noord 1910 – 2016 (The cable factory of Amsterdam-North 1910 – 2016) (Piet Gerards design) Collection Flip Bool

Bart Sorgedrager, De kabelfabriek van Amsterdam-Noord 1910 – 2016 (The cable factory of Amsterdam-North 1910 – 2016) (Piet Gerards design)  Collection Flip Bool

Bart Sorgedrager, De kabelfabriek van Amsterdam-Noord 1910 – 2016 (The cable factory of Amsterdam-North 1910 – 2016) (Piet Gerards design) Collection Flip Bool

Bart Sorgedrager, De kabelfabriek van Amsterdam-Noord 1910 – 2016 (The cable factory of Amsterdam-North 1910 – 2016) (Piet Gerards design)  Collection Flip Bool

Bart Sorgedrager, De kabelfabriek van Amsterdam-Noord 1910 – 2016 (The cable factory of Amsterdam-North 1910 – 2016) (Piet Gerards design) Collection Flip Bool

 

Martine Stig, Noir, (design: Hans Gremmen) Collection Flip Bool

Martine Stig, Noir, (design: Hans Gremmen) Collection Flip Bool

Martine Stig, Noir, (design: Hans Gremmen) Collection Flip Bool

Martine Stig, Noir, (design: Hans Gremmen) Collection Flip Bool

Martine Stig, Noir, (design: Hans Gremmen) Collection Flip Bool

Martine Stig, Noir, (design: Hans Gremmen) Collection Flip Bool

Martine Stig, Noir, (design: Hans Gremmen) Collection Flip Bool

Martine Stig, Noir, (design: Hans Gremmen) Collection Flip Bool

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Anne Geene & Arjan de Nooy, Ornithology, Collection Flip Bool

Anne Geene & Arjan de Nooy, Ornithology, Collection Flip Bool

Anne Geene & Arjan de Nooy, Ornithology, Collection Flip Bool

Anne Geene & Arjan de Nooy, Ornithology, Collection Flip Bool

Anne Geene & Arjan de Nooy, Ornithology, Collection Flip Bool

Anne Geene & Arjan de Nooy, Ornithology, Collection Flip Bool

 

Takuma Nakahira, 1000, collection Paul Kooijker

Takuma Nakahira, 1000, collection Paul Kooijker

Takuma Nakahira, 1000, collection Paul Kooijker

Takuma Nakahira, 1000, collection Paul Kooijker

Takuma Nakahira, 1000, collection Paul Kooijker

Takuma Nakahira, 1000, collection Paul Kooijker

Takuma Nakahira, 1000, collection Paul Kooijker

Takuma Nakahira, 1000, collection Paul Kooijker

Takuma Nakahira, 1000, collection Paul Kooijker

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Boris Mikhailov, Diary, collection Paul Kooijker

Boris Mikhailov, Diary, collection Paul Kooijker

Boris Mikhailov, Diary, collection Paul Kooijker

Boris Mikhailov, Diary, collection Paul Kooijker

Boris Mikhailov, Diary, collection Paul Kooijker

Boris Mikhailov, Diary, collection Paul Kooijker

Boris Mikhailov, Diary, collection Paul Kooijker

Boris Mikhailov, Diary, collection Paul Kooijker

Guus Luijters, In Memoriam, the deported and murdered Jewish, Roma and Sinti children 1942 – 1945, (Sander Pikse design) collection Peter van Beveren

Guus Luijters, In Memoriam, the deported and murdered Jewish, Roma and Sinti children 1942 – 1945, (Sander Pikse design) collection Peter van Beveren

Guus Luijters, In Memoriam, the deported and murdered Jewish, Roma and Sinti children 1942 – 1945, (Sander Pikse design) collection Peter van Beveren

Guus Luijters, In Memoriam, the deported and murdered Jewish, Roma and Sinti children 1942 – 1945, (Sander Pikse design) collection Peter van Beveren

Guus Luijters, In Memoriam, the deported and murdered Jewish, Roma and Sinti children 1942 – 1945, (Sander Pikse design) collection Peter van Beveren

Guus Luijters, In Memoriam, the deported and murdered Jewish, Roma and Sinti children 1942 – 1945, (Sander Pikse design) collection Peter van Beveren

Guus Luijters, In Memoriam, the deported and murdered Jewish, Roma and Sinti children 1942 – 1945, (Sander Pikse design) collection Peter van Beveren

Guus Luijters, In Memoriam, the deported and murdered Jewish, Roma and Sinti children 1942 – 1945, (Sander Pikse design) collection Peter van Beveren

Taryn Simon, A living man declared dead and other chapters I – XVIII, designed by Joseph Logan and Taryn Simon, collection Peter van Beveren

Taryn Simon, A living man declared dead and other chapters I – XVIII, designed by Joseph Logan and Taryn Simon, collection Peter van Beveren

Taryn Simon, A living man declared dead and other chapters I – XVIII, designed by Joseph Logan and Taryn Simon, collection Peter van Beveren

Taryn Simon, A living man declared dead and other chapters I – XVIII, designed by Joseph Logan and Taryn Simon, collection Peter van Beveren

Robert Frank, The Americans, collection Peter van Beveren

Robert Frank, The Americans, collection Peter van Beveren

 

Cristina De Middel, Party, Quitonasto Form Chanmair Mao Tungest, designed by José Luis Lugo and Nova Era, collection Christian Caujolle

Cristina De Middel, Party, Quitonasto Form Chanmair Mao Tungest, designed by José Luis Lugo and Nova Era, collection Christian Caujolle

Cristina De Middel, Party, Quitonasto Form Chanmair Mao Tungest, designed by José Luis Lugo and Nova Era, collection Christian Caujolle

Cristina De Middel, Party, Quitonasto Form Chanmair Mao Tungest, designed by José Luis Lugo and Nova Era, collection Christian Caujolle

Cristina De Middel, Party, Quitonasto Form Chanmair Mao Tungest, designed by José Luis Lugo and Nova Era, collection Christian Caujolle

Cristina De Middel, Party, Quitonasto Form Chanmair Mao Tungest, designed by José Luis Lugo and Nova Era, collection Christian Caujolle

Cristina De Middel, Party, Quitonasto Form Chanmair Mao Tungest, designed by José Luis Lugo and Nova Era, collection Christian Caujolle

Cristina De Middel, Party, Quitonasto Form Chanmair Mao Tungest, designed by José Luis Lugo and Nova Era, collection Christian Caujolle

Cristina De Middel, Party, Quitonasto Form Chanmair Mao Tungest, designed by José Luis Lugo and Nova Era, collection Christian Caujolle

Cristina De Middel, Party, Quitonasto Form Chanmair Mao Tungest, designed by José Luis Lugo and Nova Era, collection Christian Caujolle

Vytautas V. Stanionis, Nuotraukos dokumentams (Photographs for documents), designed by Tom Mrazauskas, collection Christian Cajolle

Vytautas V. Stanionis, Nuotraukos dokumentams (Photographs for documents), designed by Tom Mrazauskas, collection Christian Cajolle

Vytautas V. Stanionis, Nuotraukos dokumentams (Photographs for documents), designed by Tom Mrazauskas, collection Christian Cajolle

Vytautas V. Stanionis, Nuotraukos dokumentams (Photographs for documents), designed by Tom Mrazauskas, collection Christian Cajolle

Vytautas V. Stanionis, Nuotraukos dokumentams (Photographs for documents), designed by Tom Mrazauskas, collection Christian Cajolle

Vytautas V. Stanionis, Nuotraukos dokumentams (Photographs for documents), designed by Tom Mrazauskas, collection Christian Cajolle

Vytautas V. Stanionis, Nuotraukos dokumentams (Photographs for documents), designed by Tom Mrazauskas, collection Christian Cajolle

Vytautas V. Stanionis, Nuotraukos dokumentams (Photographs for documents), designed by Tom Mrazauskas, collection Christian Cajolle

Vytautas V. Stanionis, Nuotraukos dokumentams (Photographs for documents), designed by Tom Mrazauskas, collection Christian Cajolle

Vytautas V. Stanionis, Nuotraukos dokumentams (Photographs for documents), designed by Tom Mrazauskas, collection Christian Cajolle

Vytautas V. Stanionis, Nuotraukos dokumentams (Photographs for documents), designed by Tom Mrazauskas, collection Christian Cajolle

Vytautas V. Stanionis, Nuotraukos dokumentams (Photographs for documents), designed by Tom Mrazauskas, collection Christian Cajolle

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Presentations by Suzanne Swarts and Reyn van der Lugt will be installed soon, or are already installed while you are reading this.

Book by Iztok Klančar

Book by Iztok Klančar

In the basement the exhibition Vincent van Baar: My name in 100 colophons, in a well chosen combination with the main exhibition, shows works by students of Vincent van Baar’s at the photography department of the Royal Academy in The Hague.

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Book by Gilleam Trapenberg

Book series by Alexandra Hunts

Book series by Alexandra Hunts

All publications were made by them for midterm and final exams.

Books by Hans Bracke, Cleo Wächter and Steven van Koeverden

Books by Hans Bracke, Cleo Wächter and Steven van Koeverden

For everyone who loves photography, book design and in some cases quite literally feeling in your hands the combination of form and content, these two shows are a must.

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© Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all pictures courtesy to the photographers and designers and to Lief hertje en de Grote Witte Reus.

 

Bertus Pieters

Iede Reckman: For all but finitely many; Billytown, The Hague

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On its penultimate day i saw Iede Reckman’s exhibition at Billytown.

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Reckman’s present show seems to be going back to basics, the basics of wood, its multiplicity, its shape and the logic it evokes and the regularity of its grammar and growing.

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It’s a wonderful presentation with different mediums, all adding to the idea and making it almost one big installation, more or less set in motion by an elegant wooden spiral.

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You can still see it today. If not, here are some impressions of what you have missed.

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© Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all pictures courtesy to Iede Reckman and Billytown

 

Bertus Pieters

Alexandre Lavet: La cigarette n’a pas le même goût au soleil; Dürst Britt & Mayhew, The Hague

“I don’t agree with the speed of visual perception. I think that ordinarily art takes time. And if something is worth looking at, you want to look at it again and again. I think basically art is meditative.”

Donald Judd (interviewed by Claudia Jolles, 1990)

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Alexandre Lavet has made an exhibition of conceptual art avant la lettre at Dürst Britt & Mayhew‘s.

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You may also call it post-conceptual as every detail is labelled more or less as a collector’s item, but, on the other hand, it is a successful show as far as i am concerned.

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It is all about looking and seeing in the first place.

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It is like walking in the empty spaces in between the objects of a gigantic still-life, with the objects missing that is.

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The small items Lavet has left in the room, apart from the dust, are not all what they seem.

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Reality becomes trompe l’oeil and vice versa.

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It is up to you as a visitor to have your thoughts about that and all other aspects that may spring to mind.

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As such these small things may have a maximum input on your behaviour, your thoughts (which may be contradictory) and in the end: your remembrances.

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So, go and have a look for yourself and try to have the same care for the items Lavet had when making and collecting them and composing this particular constellation in the gallery.

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It may not change your world, but it may influence the way you’ll look at art exhibitions a bit.

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© Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all pictures courtesy to Alexandre Lavet and Dürst Britt & Mayhew

Bertus Pieters

Fra Bartolommeo: The Divine Renaissance; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

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The great exhibition about Fra Bartolommeo (1472 – 1517) in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is in its last week.

Study for a Flying Angel, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Study for a Flying Angel, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Study for the Kneeling Virgin, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Study for the Kneeling Virgin, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

There are some great master paintings on show.

Study for Saint Joseph, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen

Study for Saint Joseph, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen

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They are presented with drawings, studies for the paintings, which give you an idea of how the master worked. The Boijmans has one of the biggest collections of Fra Bartolommeo drawings.

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Study of Rock Formation, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

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In the background: God the Father and Sts Catherine of Siena and Mary Magdalen, Palazzo Mansi, Lucca

The show is extensively documented, which can be a bit of a drawback if you are waiting to take a closer look at a drawing, while somebody else is reading.

Study of the Head of a Friar, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Study of the Head of a Friar, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

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In the background: Madonna della Misericordia, Villa Guinigi, Lucca

When i visited today however it wasn´t very busy.

Composition Study for The Madonna della Misericordia, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Composition Study for The Madonna della Misericordia, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Study of a Man Walking to the Right, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Study of a Man Walking to the Right, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

The exhibition is quite spacious and the use of anti-reflective glass makes the drawings very visible.

Study for Draperies, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Study for Draperies, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Composition Study for 'Salvator Mundi', Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Composition Study for ‘Salvator Mundi’, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

One may or may not like the modern and rather un-intimate setup, but it makes you feel freer to move around and there are very clear sightlines.

Study for the Kneeling St. Margaret, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Study for the Kneeling St. Margaret, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

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The drawings are composition studies and studies of details and figures.

Study for a Flying Child Angel Playing the Lute, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Study for a Flying Child Angel Playing the Lute, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Study for St. Bartholomew, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Study for St. Bartholomew, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Posture and gesture are the most important elements in the figure drawings.

Study for the Head of St. Catherine, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Study for the Head of St. Catherine, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Study for St. Peter, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Study for St. Peter, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Due to the subdued light it was quite difficult to make some proper pictures, so i apologize for that.

Study with Hands and Friar's Heads, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Study with Hands and Friar’s Heads, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Portrait of Fra Niccolò della Magna, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Portrait of Fra Niccolò della Magna, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

If you haven’t yet seen it, this week is your last chance!

Study for the Head of the Christ Child, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Study for the Head of the Christ Child, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

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© Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all pictures courtesy to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam.

 

Bertus Pieters